Topic 2 What is Sociology for BLACKBOARD

Topic 2 What is Sociology for BLACKBOARD - The Seeds of...

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6/14/11 The Seeds of Sociology Major Social Change Two Big Events Industrial Revolution Uprooted taken for granted; cities, new social classes (feudal lords and factory owners; peasants and factory workers). Impact on individuals’ lives needed to be explained See C. Wright Mills discussion of sociological imagination Age of Enlightenment
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6/14/11 The Sociological Imagination Seeing the general in the particular What this does not mean ( The Onion) Understand how our lives shaped by social forces; other forces beyond our control E.g. : grading; class times; unemployment rates; suicide bombers; birthdates (Outliers)
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6/14/11 The Sociological Imagination Black success stories and common explanations
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6/14/11 The Sociological Imagination Blalock: number reflects two things Relative absence of other avenues to wealth, status Minorities can overcome discrimination in areas where performance most easily/ accurately assessed Obviousness of talents breaks down barriers to certain jobs whites’ aspirations lead them to cast net
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What is Sociology? Scientific study of patterns &
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